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Cash in Your Failures for Success

by Marcus Anthony Ray

Adversity! Now there’s a word I’m familiar with. As a lifetime entrepreneur the road has never been an easy one. To be absolutely truthful it’s felt like climbing a cliff with an extra 200 pounds of shit strapped to my back, only to realize once I clawed my way to the top there’s another cliff to climb, and the damn things steeper! 

I’ve always been that guy with the ideas, you know, the one that thinks everything up and then tries to get everyone else to believe in it. Only to have them all jump on the band wagon and push me off!

But hey, I’m not trying to sound negative here, I’ve actually had an amazing life filled with many different careers. I was the lead singer in a rock band, and I got to tour with some of the great bands of the 60s and 70s. It was an amazing time in my life. But wait, before you picture me as some aging rock star with frizzy grey hair, and skin like raw hide, let me clarify. I was only 12 to 15 years old at the time. This was truly my first taste of success, and my first experience of all the ups and downs that came along with it. I had fans, I gave out autographs, and I made lots of money! It didn’t take me long to be the only 17-year-old in high school with a brand new Corvette. I remember thinking to myself “is life always going to be this easy?” However, as time went by, my interest in my music career diminished. Being a member of a young rock group became tiresome, as all we did day in and day out was practice with the same group of guys. It didn’t take long before playing became a chore rather than a pleasure. Before long, each and every one of us went our own separate ways.

I entered into the world of male modeling at the ripe old age of 18. Seeing as modelling was mainly night work, I filled my days working as a carpenter. I thought I was doing well, but what came next at 20 years old was never part of the plan.

About Marcus Anthony Ray

British born in 1962 he came to Canada in 1965

At 9 Marcus hit the stage as a singer/ guitar player

At age 15 he was recruited as a male model

In the financial crash of the early 80s he reluctantly entered the world of male exotic dancing

After 7 years of dancing he invested in his own Agency for male strippers.

After selling to the competition Marcus invested in Night Clubs. All of the above he had achieved before his 30th birthday.

He then sold everything to become a Police Officer and Search and Rescue Diver.

After serving 6 years he felt the pull of his entrepreneurial spirit and decided to attend the London School of Hair Dressing in hopes of opening a Salon Franchise. Drawing designs for the salon he created unique furniture pieces. People began ordering the Custom Vanities and before he knew it Marcus launched the PEBBLECREEK Furniture Company

After years of success, his own factory, 10 store locations and a Construction Company all was lost due to an economical crash.

Now at 58 Marcus is an International Award-Winning Speaker and Author